Lindsay Whalen of the Connecticut
Sun checked in to answer some questions from her WNBA.com Playoffs Mailbox. Here's
what she had to say during the Sun's first round series against the Detroit
What is different or has changed for you this season than your rookie season?
I know at the college D1 level you are playing with and against some great players,
but now at the pro you are with the cream of the crop, is there a huge difference
between the two levels?
Whalen and the Sun have home court throughout the playoffs.|
Whalen: "This year, I've been more
prepared for the season. I understand what it takes to be a player in this league.
There's a lot of preparation in running a team. Every team has an All-Star on
it, every team has an All-American on it. Every night there's a match-up that's
tough. Every night, you're playing someone who can put up 30 (points) in the game.
At this level, you have to take care of your body and eat right and do the right
things off the court, too."
Q. Hello Lindsay, I am curious as to why
when you are jumping in a layup, when did you start using that unique jumping
style? And is it my imagination or are a couple other of your teamates doing the
same type of jump?
Whalen: "It's something that I've
always done. From playing different sports, I learned how to jump and adjust.
I guess I've been a little creative too. I don't notice anyone using my jumping
style. I think everyone has their own unique style."
Q. I think
your ball handling & court vision are great, not to mention you can score.
Who, if anybody, have you modeled your game after?
don't know if I've modeled my game after any one person. I've been influenced
by a lot of great point guards and a lot of great players, both men and women.
Jason Kidd, Steve Nash. From the women, there's Sue Bird who I watched a lot of
her when I was in college. When she was a senior, I watched her play. I learn
from players on my team. You learn from everybody, just by watching."
Hey Lindsay! You are one of my favorite players! You Rock! I know you went to
school in Hutchinson,MN. My dad is moving there and I was wondering if you every
do camps down at the High School or somewhere there? Have a great playoff year!
Whalen: "Thanks, I have done some camps there.
Hopefully, I'll get that started again when I get back there more permanently."
Lindsay, first I like to let you know you are my favorite player in all basketball
leagues. That includes NBA, WNBA, NCAA, street. Secondly, many fans noticed you
improved your footwork greatly during the off season. Improvements were incredible.
What do you plan on improving after this WNBA season?
-Fan from Nashua
"I just hope to continue to get better. I'm going to work on my jump shot,
my defense. I guess I'm just going to work on my all-around game."
I have seen many of your games and noticed that you take contact very well when
you drive. Are there any drills that I can work with to help me improve my game
in that area? Or is it just something that will develop as you gain experience?
"I think that's just from playing against guys when I was little. Playing
with them, I learned how to take contact. I played a lot with them."
What game prep. music are you listening to these days?
a smile) Kelly Clarkson.""